the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the world.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any place of instruction; a school.
(initial capital letter) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.
noun (literary)
any place of learning, such as a college or university
the grove of Academe, the groves of Academe, the academic world

“The Academy,” 1580s, from phrase groves of Academe, translating Horace’s silvas Academi (see academy); general sense of “the world of universities and scholarship” is attested from 1849. With lower-case letter, academia in the sense of “academic community” is from 1956.

Academe properly means Academus (a Greek hero); & its use as a poetic variant for academy, though sanctioned by Shakespeare, Tennyson & Lowell, is a mistake; the grove of A., however, (Milton) means rightly The Academy. [Fowler]

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